Gottlieb Pfeiffer

Gottlieb Pfeiffer, the owner of the Plymouth Flour Mills, has been identified with the milling interests of the town in the capacity of employee and operator for more than twenty-five years. His birth occurred in Buffalo, New York, on the 12th of September, 1856, his parents being Joseph and Elizabeth (Klingen-Schmidt) Pfeiffer, both natives of Germany.

The father was born and reared in Bavaria and subsequently served six years in the German army. He emigrated to the United States in 1841, locating in Buffalo, New York, where for a time he was employed on the Erie canal. It was there he met and later married Miss Klingenschmidt, who came to America with her parents when a child of eight years. In 1864, Mr. Pfeiffer removed to Wisconsin with his family, acquiring some land in Rhine township, that he cultivated during the remainder of his active life. His efforts in this direction proved to be so remunerative that he acquired a competence sufficiently large to enable him to spend the latter years of his life in retirement. He passed away in 1892, being survived by the mother, whose death occurred in 1894. Ten children were born to them, six of whom are still living.

The first eight years in the life of Gottlieb Pfeiffer were passed in his native city, in whose public schools he received his first instruction in English learning, completing his education in the schools of this state. When a youth of seventeen years he apprenticed himself to the miller's trade in Manitowoc county, this state. In 1875, he came to Plymouth, and here, with the exception of ten years, he has ever since resided. During thirteen years of that period he was in the employ of William Schwartz, who owned two mills in the town. He proved to be an efficient and capable workman and was largely entrusted with the responsibility connected with the operation of the plants during the latter years of that period.

In 1900 he bought an interest in the business but the following year, Mr. Schwartz died and Mr. Pfeiffer purchased his interest from the heirs and is now sole proprietor of the plant. He does a general milling business and enjoys an excellent patronage. Although his is one of the oldest industries in the town, the equipment is modern and the plant has a capacity of one hundred barrels a day. In addition to his interest in the mill, Mr. Pfeiffer is a stockholder in the Schwartz Manufacturing Company.

In 1889, Mr. Pfeiffer was united in marriage to Miss Mary Serfling, a native of Sheboygan county, and to them have been born six children, four of whom are living, as fo11ows: Reuben, who was born in 1894; Erma, whose birth occurred in 1898; Milton, whose natal day was in 1900; and George, who was born in 1902. The two eldest are in the high school, and the younger boys are attending the graded school.

The family affiliate with the Congregational church, in which the parents hold membership, and Mr. Pfeiffer is a republican in his political views, giving his support to the progressive faction of the party. He enjoys a wide and favorable acquaintance both in the town and the surrounding country, where he has won many friends through his honorable and upright methods in conducting his commercial transactions.


Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL